Rome episodes of the Golden Globes nominated HBO Series “The Flight Attendant” starring Kaley Cuoco
CLIENT: Warner Bros, Horizon Scripted Television | DIRECTORS: Silver Tree, Tom Vaughan | DP: Adrian Peng Correia | LOCATION: Rome | YEAR: 2020
After a detailed location scouting in December 2019, the US crew arrived at the beginning of January 2020 and the shooting took place not only in or nearby some of the most iconic places in Rome, such as the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Circo Massimo, via dei Coronari, but also at the Fiumicino Airport, Le Meridien Visconti Hotel near Piazza Cavour and a house in the outskirts of Rome – home to the main Italian character, Enrico, played by Alberto Frezza.
The shooting went smoothly, since the preparation was extremely precise and everyone was always well informed and in the loop. Not all permits were easy or fast to obtain, but, since all decisions were made unanimously and in advance, we managed to move fast. And thanks to a great cooperation by the private and municipal offices we were able to bring Cassandra Bowden, aka Kaley Cuoco, on to the Roman streets.
Everyone at Warner Horizon Scripted Television was the definition of professionalism and kindness, therefore you can say that the Italian and the American crews really bonded with each other – of course, around a table always filled with Italian food and specialties. After a couple of days you could see how much trust grew in every department: direction, production, camera, art, wardrobe, make-up & hair… and we think that all of this emerges on screen too.
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The Airport used for Cassie’ and her colleague’s arrival is in fact Rome Fiumicino, both on the interior and exterior. The scene for the hotel locations, where she stays after landing in Italy, is Le Meridien Visconti Hotel – for which PSN Italy praises the personnel who also accommodated the whole crew.
The scene featuring Enrico’s bar, ‘Brocca e Tazza’ was actually shot in the Piazza dei Coronari, and of course Cassie treads the stones in the glorious Piazza Navona and several tiny streets nearby. When the story takes Cassie to Nonna’s house, PSN Italy found a villa just outside of Rome – a beautiful antique building with a private courtyard.
Luca de Angelis commented: “Our advice is: never underestimate the work that a production service can do. Our expertise allows you not to find bumps on the road while dealing with local authorities, local sites, etc. Going to a different country is never easy, even if its culture is similar to your own, having an expert in the field changes your approach and gives you the possibility not to worry of anything else rather than doing the best you can in delivering the awesome shots you came here for.”
“In Italy, the biggest challenge is often managing very popular tourist destinations, but that is our bread and butter.” he continued “It is never easy to shoot in tourist destinations, but our close relationships with towns, cities and their authorities means we can more easily secure access, we even cleared out the entire beautiful town of Positano in high season once!”
“The real deal was shooting at Rome Fiumicino Airport.” Luca remarked. “The Airport reserved us a whole gate, plus a couple of extra rooms to have our lunch break and keep our belongings. Our location manager and production department did a tremendous job in obtaining all authorizations: it is not that easy when you have to scan all gear before entering, get everyone a crew pass, and at the same time deal with police and drug-sniffing dogs! The other challenge was ‘Nonna’s house’, whilst beautiful, nothing else was there. We had to search and find the owner of a closed old restaurant to rent the location and have our own heated room with a catering service.”
“If you have to worry about learning a new country’s rules, laws or searching for high-quality services you don’t usually work with, it will undoubtedly affect the productivity of a shoot.” he concluded. “A good and trustworthy production service partner can help navigate those challenges and this is how we work in the PSN network.”
About the directors
Silver Tree is mostly known for her independent film The Aviary. She wrote the story and produced the movie with her husband, freely based upon her own life as a flight attendant. Her television credits include Shameless, The Real O’Neals, Bones, Deception, Grown-ish, Lethal Weapon, Grace and Frankie, SEAL Team, Atypical, Satisfaction, A Million Little Things, among others. She is also known for serving as director and executive producer of the television series Suits.
After graduating, Vaughan moved to London where he produced his first short film, Super Grass (1994).
His other works include two episodes of the ITV comedy drama Cold Feet in 1999, one of which featured the first location filming for the show outside England. In 2003, he directed Deborah Moggach’s two-part drama Final Demand for BBC One. The next year, he directed the BBC adaptation of He Knew He Was Right.
In 2006, he directed the Playtone/BBC Films feature film Starter for 10, and in 2008 the Regency Enterprises feature film What Happens in Vegas. Starter for 10 got him the job directing the CBS Films feature Extraordinary Measures, starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford.
In 2011, Vaughan directed the Miley Cyrus feature So Undercover and is scheduled to direct the romantic comedy Boomsday.
EP: Kaley Cuoco, Steve Yockey, Marcie Ulin, Meredith Lavender, Suzanne McCormack, Jess Meyer
Producer: Raymond Quinlan
UPM: Bonnie Munoz
1st AD: Derek Peterson
Script Supervisor: Erica Sanz Corbacho
Production Designer: Sara K White
Costume Designer: Cat Thomas
Make-up: Lori Hicks
Hair: Jasen Sica
Stunt Coordinator: Mark Fichera
20 RED CREW
EP: Luca De Angelis
Producer: Arianna Dolini
UPM: Cristina De Rossi
Prod Manager: Christian Scacco
Prod Coordinator: Leonardo Raponi
1st AD: Ivan Furlan
Location Manager: Ramon Panzavolta
Camera Operators: Alex Brambilla, Andrea Doria
Gaffer: Alex Bramucci
Key Grip: Claudio Del Gobbo
Sound: Alessandro Boscolo
Art Director: Giulia Camoglio
Costume Designer: Cristiana Agostinelli
Stunt Coordinator: David Ambrosi